Minister for planning, labour and employment Ajay Kumar Sadhotra, in reply to a question by Mohammad Muzaffar Parray, informed the House that billing of energy consumed was being carried out as per the provisions of tariff issued by the Jammu and Kashmir State Electricity Regulatory Commission (JKSERC).
The minister said that metered consumers are being charged as per monthly energy consumption recorded by the meters, while non-metered consumers are charged at fixed rates depending upon the load agreement of the consumer with the department.
Sadhotra said that the department is compelled to take corrective measures in power theft and pilferage.
He said that the power development department (PDD) has so far been trying to inculcate a sense of responsibility in the consumers.
Khalid Najeeb Suhrawardy also raised a supplementary.
Replying to another question by Abdul Majeed Bhat, Sadhotra said that the registeraton officers, viz assistant labour commissioners in each district, are responsible for the issuance of labour cards and registration of building and other construction works on the receipt of an application with the completion of all requirements laid down in Section 2(d) and 2 (c) of the Building and Other Construction Workers (RE&CS) Act, 1996.
The minister further informed that the building and other construction workers welfare board (B&OCWW) has not authorised any private agent for any commission.
Sadhotra, however, said that the board receives Rs 10 as registration fee along with a monthly contribution of Rs 10 which is clearly elaborated under rules.
The minister said that in order to make the system more efficient, a number of steps have been taken by the board including computerisation of records in each district.
He said that the board has issued new forms, free of cost for various welfare schemes that can be received from office of the assistant labour commissioner concerned.
He said that the board also allocates funds to districts for publicity and common awareness of people. He said that sanction of the cases of marriage assistance is now being done by the CEO/secretary, B&OCWW board instead of assistant labour commissioners.
Replying to the supplementary by Naresh Kumar Gupta, Sadhotra informed that to simplify the process, MGNREGA cards have been acknowledged in the process of registration of buildings and other construction workers in the office of assistant labour commissioner.